Feb 4, 2013 6:00am PST
shinzo abe will likely raise the senkaku islands issue with president barack obama when they meet this month. they'll also go over something that's been a thorn in japan-u.s. relations, the relocation of an american military base within okinawa. both governments want the plan to go ahead but people living in japan's south aren't onboard. nhk world reports. >> reporter: abe met with his counterpart to talk about the relocation of the futenma air station, a u.s. marine base. >> translator: we must remove the futenma air station as soon as possible in accordance with an agreement with the u.s. government. >> translator: we want the base to be moved out of okinawa. >> reporter: okinawa is japan's southernmost prefecture. the island district comprises only 0.6% of japan's land. but hosts 70% of the u.s. bases in the nation. for many, futenma symbolizes okinawa's unfair burden in ensuring japan's security. this is the futenma air station. you see aircraft, runway and if you turn this way, you can see how close the residential area of okinawa is to the space. in 1996, the u.s. agreed to retur
Feb 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
favorable as we saw during 2012. president obama has not announced any new initiatives to promote job growth in the united states, and i suspect he will not be announcing any new plans in the near term. if you look at his inaugural address, he seems to be more interested in other issues at this time rather than job creation. for example, he emphasized immigration reform, and he emphasized trying to develop new energy sectors of the economy. so i suspect he'll be focusing on these items rather than directly creating new jobs. >> now, the job market in the eurozone shows no sign of improving. europe union officials show the jobless rate in december was stuck at a record high. the officials say unemployment was 11.7% for the third month in a row. jobs are especiallycarce in countries whose leaders have taken austerity measures in return for bailouts from the eu and the imf. the highest unemployment rise was 26.1% in spain, followed by 16.5% in portugal, and 14.7 in ireland. eu officials announced greece's jobless rate for october. they said it was up .6 of a point on the month at 26.